A team of technicians from MC Truck & Bus in Thurrock, Essex, secured sixth place in a Volvo Truck servicing competition entered by more than 4,800 teams around the world.
The four-strong team of truck technicians, playfully named ‘MC Hammers’, were one of 40 teams that got to the final stage of the Volvo International Service Training Awards (VISTA), held recently in Curitibal, Brazil.
The MC Hammers were the Volvo Trucks’ UK representative in this biennial competition which was won by Estonian representatives, Viies Ratas.
“To finish sixth in the world is an absolutely fantastic achievement for the MC team from Thurrock, bearing in mind the strength of the competition,” said Nigel Brooks, Aftermarket Director at MC Truck & Bus. “Over 4,800 teams, comprising more than 19,700 participants, originally entered the global event. The team’s success in Brazil means that they have been recognised as being in the top 1% of Volvo technicians worldwide.”
The VISTA event originally started in 1957 as a competition for Volvo’s mechanics in Sweden and has since become an international event. It is now held every two years and is open to all workshop employees within the Volvo Trucks and Volvo Buses global service network.
Earlier this year, the MC Hammers won the UK section of this competition in the inaugural rounds held in Gothenburg, Sweden, earning them qualification into the world finals in Brazil.
Under the watchful eye of MC Truck & Bus Thurrock General Manager Eric Millar, the MC Hammers consisted of team captain Ryan Garrett, assisted by Stuart Hall, Darren Sladden and John Walker.
The 2018 VISTA final, which took place over one day, consisted of ten different work stations with a variety of technical challenges at each station, where each team of technicians were tasked with finding solutions and repairs for a variety of real life situations.
“The competition required each team to demonstrate a variety of mixed skills, not just covering manual tasks but also in terms of clear decision-making and solutions finding,” said Brooks.
While in Brazil, the MC Hammer’s team also visited a children’s home in Curitiba that is sponsored by Volvo Trucks. At the school, the team spent the day working with staff to improve facilities on site.
“Without doubt, this has been a tremendous experience for all the team members from Thurrock and has allowed them to successfully pitch their skills against the very best in the world, demonstrating the quality of technical support that is available from the UK,” added Brooks.